LatestAlonso complained of a lack of “balance and consistency” after his side went down at home to Mainz in the Bundesliga at the weekend, in what was a fourth defeat in five games in all competitions for Die Werkself. In that encounter, the Spanish tactician made six changes to the side that started the first leg against Monaco, the likes of Florian Wirtz, Jeremie Frimpong and Patrik Shick all introduced in the second half, with the latter finding the net. A scorer of a superb knockout round play-off first-leg goal, top scorer Diaby missed out against Mainz with a thigh strain and Leverkusen will be desperate to have their prolific attacker back in time for their make-or-break trip to the principality. Monaco beat Brest at the weekend to make it five wins on the bounce, though they were somewhat fortunate to steal the advantage in Leverkusen after an uncharacteristic Lukas Hradecky mistake gifted them the opener. Philippe Clement’s side are now unbeaten in their last eight and sit in third spot in the domestic standings.
The Monaco boss described the exciting first leg in Leverkusen as a “Champions League level game, ” while match-winner Axel Disasi added that his side would, “be happy only if we go for the same result, ” in Thursday’s return leg. Defender Malang Sarr completed his first 90-minute game this year last Sunday, having overcome a hip injury, but-full back Vanderson continues to nurse a knee injury. Watch: Moussa Diaby's best Bundesliga goals and assistsMatch stats Diaby's first-leg goal took him to 10 for the season in all competitions.
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